Some may wonder where the idea of "Seven Mountains" or "Seven Spheres" originated. In 1975 Loren Cunningham and Bill Bright, founders of Youth With a Mission (YWAM) and Campus Crusade for Christ (CRU) respectively, and their wives were visiting together on the Front Range of Colorado. Without either one's prior knowledge they almost simultaneously pulled out sheets of paper that explained what they each felt God had just shown them about how to more effectively reach both America and the nations for the Kingdom of God.
Shortly thereafter Darlene, Loren's wife, viewed Dr. Francis Schaeffer (well known author and teacher from L'Abri in Switzerland) on TV where he shared the same ideas. The word "spheres" came from II Corinthians 10:13+, relating to "spheres" of ministry that Paul had been called to.
The word has since transposed into use as "Mountain" to more adequately reflect the story of Caleb in the Old Testament where he said to Joshua, "Give me this mountain," and it can be considered a place of achievement and influence for God's purposes. These seven spheres or mountains are Arts and Celebration, Commerce, Education, Family, Government, Media, and Religion.
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